Anatomy and Physiology Online Classes for Free: Class Summaries

Although most schools only provide online courses to their enrolled students, there are several schools that offer free anatomy and physiology online courses to the public. These courses are not interactive and are not-for-credit.

Online Anatomy and Physiology Courses for Credit

Individuals who want to learn more about anatomy and physiology can find a number of online resources that don't require registration or tuition; however, these courses don't lead to college credit. offers for-credit options through low-cost online courses that include concise, engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes. Students also have access to free transcripts for the video lessons, both of which can prepare students to earn real college credit.

Students who explore the Biology 105: Anatomy and Physiology course will find lessons on these topics and more:

  • Overview of Anatomy and Cell Biology - Use this chapter to learn about the fluid mosaic model of the cell membrane, passive and active cell transport, epithelial tissue, anatomical directional terminology and human body planes.
  • Human Respiratory System - Examine the airway and the lungs, pleural cavities, external and internal respiration, gas and carbon dioxide transport and ventilation.
  • The Five Senses - Subjects include the olfactory bulb, receptors of the eye, external ear structures, the inner ear and cranial nerves.
  • Gross Anatomy of Muscular System - Find out about the various muscles of the body, including head and neck, shoulder, arm, axial and hip muscles.
  • Male and Female Reproductive Systems - Topics in this chapter include meiosis, male and female reproductive anatomy, hormones and oogenesis.

Free Online Non-Credited Anatomy and Physiology Courses

Free online anatomy and physiology classes are made available through OpenCourseWare (OCW) programs. OCW courses are free, available to anyone, and are not-for-credit. There is no registration or application required. OCW courses are publications of the course materials and assignments used in teaching anatomy and physiology. OCW programs don't use email or chatrooms to provide communication between students and faculty.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also offers three online physiology courses for free. All of the OCW courses at MIT provide downloadable course materials and assignments.

  • Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems covers the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the renal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues discusses how cells maintain their composition and how molecules move across cellular membranes.
  • Physiology of the Ear investigates the analysis and coding of sounds that is performed by the inner ear, the mechanics of sound transmission, hair-cell transduction and causes for hearing disorders.

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